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Physical activity at home for people with limited mobility

A how-to guide

Physical activity remains more important than ever and can provide the focus, reward, break or structure we all may need in these times of uncertainty. So, we urge you to start moving more, to help keep your mind and bodies strong. We understand that the thought of being more active or trying new forms of exercise can be scary, especially if you haven’t done much before or are living with a long-term health condition.

Being Active with a long-term health condition

We are Undefeatable is a nationwide campaign established to support and celebrate people living with a long-term health condition. There are numerous videos which explore the stories of inspirational individuals and resources to support you to be active.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists has also put together a range of resources to help your activity journey get started.

Home Workouts

There are many online resources and videos which showcase simple but effective ways of remaining active whilst indoors, in the comfort of your home. The Super Six Challenge provides simple exercises to help your joints stay strong as well as a series of videos to increase your mobility.

Kelly Homes shared a video of her Dad taking part in a gentle upper body workout which is easy to replicate both sitting and standing.

The NHS also provides a great platform of sitting, flexibility, balance and strength exercises which are gentle and easy to follow.

Make it Routine

To make it easier we recommend setting specific times to active by creating a physical activity or exercise plan or schedule.

Try allocating specific times during each day to exercise and keep the activity short but spread across the day. This way it can help you achieve your activity targets and keep your day interesting.

Later Life Training has made their ‘I Can’ Active Calendar 2020 FREE to download and will be a great place to start if you are unsure.

About Active Dorset 

Our role as Active Dorset is to help support all of you, to find or continue ways to be active in a way that works for you. We would love for us all to say connected during this time and you can do so by following the #DorsetDailyDose. Each day we will be sharing on twitter a daily dose of either:

  • top tips to keep you active
  • challenges and tasks for your body and mind
  • Connecting people and their stories

We also have a dedicated webpage where you can get your #DorsetDailyDose of physical activity and look after your mental health.

How are you taking care of your wellbeing?

Join the Five Ways Challenge today to receive tips, ideas and inspiration to take care of your wellbeing. Get in touch or register with us to access free advice and coaching to LiveWell.


How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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